Written as a follow-up to a closed roundtable discussion at the GLOBSEC 2014 conference (May 14 – 16, 2014) in Bratislava, this policy brief discusses the conflict between the right to self-determination and the inviolability of state borders. Written by one of Israel’s most respected academics and thinkers, prof. Shlomo Avineri, analyses events that might change current borders in the Middle East and beyond as we know them: As the Kurds of Northern Iraq embark on a firm path towards independence and the Islamic militant group ISIS takes over the vast territory in Syria and Iraq, the disintegration of states in the Middle East continues. At the same time, continuous clashes on Ukraine’s Eastern border after the Russian annexation of Crimea indicate that the situation elsewhere remains extremely unstable. To read the policy brief, click here.